Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!


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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Focussing on spring

I was pleased to see my usual male House Sparrows accompanied by a few females. And although the official harshest winter weather is still to come, my Robins have taken to liking and accepting each other again, and come feeding together, even if they feed with some distance between them. It is just good to see them like this again.
It gives me this special spring feeling, when I start to realise that nature is preparing itself to procreate. It is all a lot harder for these wild creatures to get their instinct Be it plants, birds or any other wild creature, these first months of the year can be as exciting very exciting, for us birders and all other nature lovers.

After a few hours at Rehabcare today, where I was treated with a bowl of hotpot, the girls took me downtown for a bit of shopping and for a brief period it looked as if the wild weather might shift to leave us dry, but when we came out of the bank it had started to rain again.
I did manage to pick up a new mouse for my laptop also, on my way to Organico, one of the town's two health food shops.
Once I had been dropped off at home again, and been down to the local village shop for the luxury items like wine and cigarettes for my other half, I was delighted to see a Goldcrest feeding, even though it was as good as dark. Spotting one of these little birds stil get me excited, they are so tiny! I'm still trying to discover the size difference between Coal Tits, Wrens and birds like the Goldcrest or Firecrest.

Another look at the planter got me these images.

House Sparrow, female


Coal Tit

Chaffinch, female



Chaffinch, male

Blue Tit


  1. You have quite a variety of birds coming to your feeders. Those gold crests are so cute. JJ is as handsome as ever.

  2. Hi Crow. Yes, these Goldcrests are incredible cute and oh so tiny! It is very hard to describe why they are smaller than the Wren, although I can 'see' the difference, the words are in the air somewhere. Not in my brain or on my tongue!

    JJ is becoming very independent and will try and stand up to others in his clan and sometimes even a Rook!
    I've a lot of new JJ photos and will post some again here and there. (I came upon his first photos as fledgling the other day, and My, was he cute then!)

  3. These are great images of your birds! There are so many cats and squirrels in our neighbourhood it's almost impossible to feed them safely and in the bad weather we've had lately it breaks my heart. It's great seeing pictures of them tucking in on your feeders though. You must be keeping so many of them alive :)

  4. I know what you mean about Cats (we have no Squirrels here, due to lack of woodland in Eire.
    Had a family of mum plus kittens living in my shed but got one of these humane traps to catch all 3, before mum gave birth to her full belly.

    Now I'm thinking of fencing the feeding station off with cat proof fencing.


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